English Editing and Proofreading Services

Rosser-James Editing offers a straightforward, efficient, English editing and proofreading service, without hidden extras to increase the cost.

My services are split into proofreading and editing, but what’s the difference?

Firstly, cost! proofreading is cheaper as it is carried out as the final stage before publication, upload or presentation. Fewer changes should be needed by this point, so it is quicker. Editing occurs earlier on in the development of a document and incorporates more changes, therefore takes longer.
But…….those of you who are not publishers or working with a publisher e.g. individuals or businesses, may need a simpler service which is a hybrid between the two “proof-editing”.
When choosing between the proofreading and editing services I offer, you may find it useful to review the summaries below to decide which would be best for your document. Alternatively, send me a sample of your work for a quote and I will advise you which would be most appropriate.

What will the proofreading service do for my document?

  • Correction of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Refinements to overall readability.
  • Check for consistency in the overall layout, structure and formatting.
  • Make corrections according to a house style or specified styling rules.
  • Check references and in-text references.
  • Check links work correctly.
  • Remove irregular column or page breaks.
  • Check text on figures, tables and images and their captions for spelling, grammar and consistency with in-text references.

What will the editing service do for my document?

  • Correction of spelling, grammar and syntax errors.
  • Improvements to structure, clarity and the logical flow of the document.
  • Refinements to overall readability.
  • Checking for appropriate use of vocabulary and tone.
  • Removal of unnecessarily long explanations and wordiness, ensuring document is concise.
  • Checking for consistency throughout document.
  • References edited to preferred style.
  • Tables and figures checked.
  • Editing to specific publisher guidelines or a specified house style.
  • Minor changes to your completed document can be requested at no extra charge, for example where queries have been raised as part of the editing process that required your response.
  • Second round of proofreading after changes you have made to your document at 50% discount.

How long will it take?

Turn around times are usually 2 working days for documents under 5000 words and 4 working days for documents up to 10,000 words.
For longer documents, use the contact form before you submit your order to request an estimate.

How do I order?

Contact me via email (info@rosserjamesediting.com) or using the contact form for a quote including a sample of your document.
Once you are happy with the quote, you can submit your document for editing or proofreading through our order now page.


If you have a UK bank account, payment via bank transfer is my preferred payment method (see payments page for details), but I also offer the option to pay using PayPal. You can use your PayPal account or a credit/debit card if you don’t have a PayPal account. You can pay as soon as you receive your invoice or any time up to 14 days after you receive your completed document.

Satisfaction  guaranteed

You should be 100% satisfied with the end result of your document. Therefore a money back guarantee is offered if you are not happy with any aspect of the work. Please see the terms of service for further information.